Marijana Musladin – Monika Cverlin

Implementing Neoliberal Ideas: New Orleans Educational Reform following Katrina

(Implementácia neoliberálnych ideí: reforma školstva v New Orleans po Katrine)

Politické vedy, Volume 23, Number 2/2020, pages 134-156



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MUSLADIN, M. – CVERLIN, M. 2020. Implementing Neoliberal Ideas: New Orleans Educational Reform following Katrina. In Politické vedy. [online]. Vol. 23, No. 2, 2020. ISSN 1335 – 2741, pp. 134-156. Available at:


After the hurricane Katrina, New Orleans schools went through a major change in education. Seeing catastrophe as a mean to reshape education, the neoliberal think tanks used hurricane Katrina to implement neoliberal ideas in a form of charter schools and vouchers. This article dealt with the theory of neoliberalism and its educational reform which was implemented after Katrina. It has also summarized the timeline of the implementation of the reform in USA system. The goal of the article was to indicate the rigorous change of the expansion of the charter schools, together with vouchers, in New Orleans right after hurricane Katrina. By analysing previous literature and data by the various authors, it was argued that the sudden change in schooling was not accepted positively by the people (especially low-income families) of New Orleans, who were struggling with the major catastrophe on their own and that community, especially Africa-American, suffered most from it.

Key words: neoliberalism, educational reform, New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina, African American

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